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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

Fall Capsule Collection

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  1. Blue Jeans 2. Black Pants + Spanx Leggings 3. Tee-Shirt Dress 4. Plaid Shirt 5. Long Cardigan 6. Denim Jacket 7. Camo Jacket 8. Fur Vest 9. Sneaker 10. Tall Boot 11. Neutral Booties 12. Gold Earrings 13. Necklace 14. Leopard Belt 15. Crossbody Bag 16. Tote

Here’s a fun fact about me that you may or may not know: Before I was a full-time blogger, I was a wardrobe stylist for 10 years! A favorite approach to styling clients was to streamline their wardrobes into a capsule of key pieces that could be easily intermixed and remixed, thereby allowing them to get ready in a pinch but look brand new each day.

The idea of reworking the same pieces in different combinations is my definition of a “Capsule Collection.”

These are not necessarily the “only” pieces that you need in your closet for the fall season… but if you have them all, it will be more fun and effortless to get dressed. The suggestions made in this post can be combined in hundreds of ways, and each piece can be carried over from season to season. If you invest in one of these items, then you will enjoy wearing them for many falls and winters to come; they don’t have an “expiration date” because they are timeless! You can rotate your accessories and trendier pieces around these classic staples.

I approached this Capsule Collection with a personal twist; this is my “Lauren-ized” version because these are the pieces that I wear the most and find myself reaching for frequently in my personal fall wardrobe. I have also successfully styled clients in these pieces repeatedly over the years and have suggested them to followers with positive feedback and rave reviews.

Included in this Capsule Collection you will find: blue jeans, black jeans/pants, t-shirt dresses, plaid shirts, long cardigans, denim jackets, camo/army green jackets, fur vests, sneakers, tall boots, booties, accessories (jewelry & belts), cross-body bags, and totes.

 

Blue Jeans

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Just call me “Blue Jean Baby Queen” (a la the David Essex song)! I can’t get by without several pairs of great-fitting denim in my wardrobe, especially in the fall when morning and evening temps are cooler and my legs get chilly! Jeans go with absolutely everything, can be casual or dressy, and will take you from day to night. I suggest finding a pair that make you feel amazing and then investing in them—your price per wear will be totally worth it since you will reach for them time and again.


Black Jeans/Pants

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There aren’t many pieces of clothing that will make you feel as thin and awesome as black pants—whether it is a pair of black denim, a dressier black pant, or even a black leather legging! {Spanx leggings are my fav.} Black pants have a way of pulling you in and making you feel like a million bucks; plus, they just look polished instantly without any effort at all whatsoever. Black is the perfect backdrop for just about any top you want to pair with it.


T-Shirt Dresses

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You will often find me in a t-shirt dress because… COMFORT and EASE! These dresses feel like cheating and leaving the house in your PJs. T-shirt dresses are fool-proof. You can easily layer any outerwear over them, you can dress them up with a scarf and boots, or you can dress them down with a sneaker. They can be washed and dried at home, tend to be reasonably priced, and strike the right balance of “casual yet pulled together.”


Plaid Shirts

I adore a good plaid. There is something that just feels down-home and cozy about a flannel shirt in a warm, fall color palette. You can wrap yourself up in one and then layer away because jackets, vests, scarves, etc., go easily right over top of these. Plaid shirts can even be layered over a t-shirt dress, for example, and tied at the bottom to create a “top and skirt” separates look. They are just perfect pieces to inject some personality and vibrancy into your fall wardrobe! And you know me—I love color and pattern!


Long Cardigans

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When you are feeling extra snuggly and want to wrap yourself up in the warmth of the season, a long cardigan is just the thing. They feel cozier than a jacket does and should be treated as a part of the outfit. I love a warm, neutral, solid shade that goes with anything, but I am also very drawn to a subtle striping in fall colors to bring some life to an otherwise solid dress or top/pants combo.


Denim Jackets

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Denim Jackets are so essential to every woman’s wardrobe that I dedicated an entire Blog Post to them recently! They look good with just about everything, and they have the superpower of making an outfit look instantaneously polished and pulled together. Every woman needs a great denim jacket in her wardrobe—or maybe two or three!


Camo/Army Green Jackets

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Camo and army green are neutrals that can be mixed and matched with many other pieces in your wardrobe. They not only look good on all skin tones and with every hair color, but they also compliment a wide range of hues in your clothing—especially pink, white, black, and gray. These are the perfect jackets to grab on your way out the door to keep you warm until the heat of the day sets in or as temps begin to dip in the evening.


Fur Vests

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And here we have another fabulous layering piece—this time with the added bonus of elevating your outfits to make them feel not just cozy but also glamorous. I love bundling up in fur vests and appreciate the texture they bring both visually and tangibly (so soft!). They can really transform a dress or a pants/top combo from something ho-hum to something note-worthy, noticeable, memorable, and statement-making.


Sneakers

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If you know me or have followed along with me on the blog for a while, you know that I cannot get by without great sneakers in my life. Slip-on, lace-up, high-top—you name it, I love them all! They are functional, comfortable, and stylish: the Trifecta! At heart, I’m a girl who would probably wear high heels all the time if I lived in my own personal version of Fantasyland... But let’s face it: in my day-to-day life of being a busy, working mom, sneakers are just more practical.


Tall Boots

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Ah, tall boots! They are the epitome of stylish and have the ability to instantly revolutionize your outfit. Tall boots are dressy without being overdone. And I love how they bridge the gap between the seasons when the weather is still warm enough to have some bare leg showing but when the weather is cool enough to lend itself to some long lengths of suede and leather. I love a knee-high just as much as I love an over-the-knee; both pair beautifully with both pants, jeans, and dresses!


Booties

You just heard me singing the praises of a tall boot, but I may belt out the praise for booties even louder. They are just so darn easy and magically elevate casual to chic. Booties can be worn equally well with jeans and pants as they can with dresses. Just make sure you pick a heel and ankle height that compliment the length of your dress as well as your individual height (you don’t want to “cut your leg off” by having the top of the bootie hit you in a funny place, depending on how long your legs are!)


Accessories

When it comes to an essential core collection of accessories for a Fall Capsule Collection, you really only need a few staples. Some bold gold statement earrings, some delicate gold chains to layer around your neck, and a great cheetah belt will take you everywhere you need to go and will work with any and every combination of outfits you can make from the pieces of clothing and shoe wear suggested here.


Cross-Body Bags

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Here is an interesting tidbit about me: I carry a crossbody pretty much all the time—both day and night. I love the ease of having my hands free, and it generally holds everything I need for a day of errand running and sight-seeing or for a night out on the town.


Tote Bags

When a cross-body just won’t cut it size-wise, I need a great tote and think it’s good to have a few in your wardrobe. On occasion, you may have your child or children with you who require additional “gear,” or perhaps you have a work meeting and need to throw in your laptop or some folders, etc. Totes are perfect for all of this and are a stylish alternative to a true computer case or brief case.

 

It was so much fun curating this Fall Capsule Collection for you, and I hope you find it useful!

Stylishly yours,

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The Perfect Fall Dress & Tall Boots

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This breezy dress and these wedge tall boots have been best sellers by you all over on Instagram the past two weeks, so I wanted to share them both here.

I love this dress so much, that I recently purchased it in two colors…this black/blue combo and also in a creamy ivory. I love how this dress takes me day to night, and will be cute layered with a faux-fur vest when the cooler weather approaches. I am wearing an XS.

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Now let’s talk boots. Each year, I go on the hunt for a new pair of neutral tall boots that will carry me all season long. Comfort and versatility is a must! I searched high and low for a pair of wedge-heeled tall boots last season to no avail. You can imagine how thrilled I am to have found this Sole Society pair at the very beginning of the season! They are absolutely my dream boot in terms of style, color and comfort. They run TTS.

Last but not least, this backpack is under-$100 and such a great every-day carryall. I love it on days full of errands, on field trips/activities with the kids and for travel.

My much-requested Fall Capsule Collection post is coming up tomorrow, so be sure to tune in!

Stylishly yours,

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39 Things I Learned in My 39th Year!

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Today I feel that I have a lot to celebrate! I am turning 39 today, and I have spent some time reflecting on 39 things I have learned this year. It’s been a really big year of personal growth for me; I have found a lot of freedom in cementing my confidence with who I am (and who I am NOT!) and have found a lot of gratification in further developing my relationships with friends and family.

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  • Don’t underestimate the power of cleaning out your car, getting your car washed, and/or hiring someone to clean your home for you. This can seriously be the BEST kind of therapy and is something worth treating yourself to. You’d be amazed at how much better these outward cleanses can make you feel internally renewed!

  • False Eyelashes never fail to provide a pick-me-up, make you look more glam in pictures, and help you feel pulled together. Every woman should learn how to apply them on her own!

  • Always be the first to apologize. This may sound cliché, but you will find freedom and release from burdensome stress if you are quick to own your part in a relationship. It’s always better to accept your wrong-doing in situations of conflict.

  • Jump off the high dive with your kiddos when they ask you to!

  • Find your perfect shade of red lipstick and don’t be afraid to sport it—day or night—all year long.

  • FInd a pair of jeans that make you feel fabulous and then spring for them, no matter the cost! Denim is worth every penny if it makes you feel great.

  • Keep in touch with old friends, even if that means spontaneously calling them every once in a while when you are on a road trip or driving around town.

  • accept that sometimes friendships change over time, and that’s ok. it’s natural and normal for people to grow apart or together in various stages of their lives. Each friendship has its place and purpose and that is something to be grateful for.

  • Find a hobby that you love, and don’t feel guilty about investing time into it. Tennis, for me, has been one of the most life-giving things that I have done for myself in the past year.

  • Eat healthy and fuel yourself with good food, but don’t beat yourself up for fun treats and splurges when vacationing and/or celebrating.

  • If you struggle to make time to sit down with a book like I do, then invest in Audible and enjoy books by listening to them!

  • FInd a good dry shampoo and a hairstyle you can live with on dirty hair days so that you can skip washing and blow-drying your hair in order to invest time in something else.

  • Invest in child care for date nights or for your own personal outings; this is worthwhile and much cheaper than therapy :-)

  • Listen to the positive affirmations of people who really know and love you; ignore the criticisms of people you don’t know and who don’t really know you. Ignore the voices of negativity inside your head. There will always be critics, but the truth is spoken by those who know you well.

  • There is so much freedom that comes in accepting who you ARE and who you AREN’T. As much as I’d like to be tidy and organized, I’m really not; learning to accept that has been freeing. I’ve also learned that maybe I’m just more dressed up than the average girl—I’m more prone to wear heels than sneakers. If you want to sport your Gucci crossbody to a mother-son outdoor ropes course adventure (like I did!), then go for it. Laugh at yourself, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

  • Compliment a random stranger each and every day. It’s remarkable how you can truly cheer up someone’s day (and, by extension, your own day) by finding something genuine to make someone feel good about.

  • When you think of someone in a positive light and think kindly of someone when you are not with him/her, take a quick moment to send them a text to let him/her know why you appreciate them.

  • when you think of a “to do,” jot it down right then and there—either on a piece of paper or on the notes function of your phone. I have found this to greatly lessen anxiety and keep ideas from rattling around in my head and potentially escaping my mind.

  • Be vulnerable. There is nothing that makes people more drawn to each of us than our vulnerability, and this has been demonstrated to me over and over again this year as I have become more vulnerable and public in my display of who I am and who I am not.

  • Give back. Find an organization or non-profit that you truly believe in and to which you want to devote your time. INclude your children in this with you!

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously, and don’t hesitate to laugh at yourself!

  • Ask for help. regardless of how old we are or what we do with our lives, we all need help in different aspects. This has been a year of learning that i can’t do it all and finally asking for help. it’s been amazing to see how people with different talents and traits have popped up in different areas of my life. i’ve been able to enjoy the “little moments” more because i have designated and outsourced and asked for help!

  • Life is too short to sleep on uncomfortable sheets, to wear an outfit you don’t love and to leave the house with chipped nails.

  • If you have to choose between having a tidy house or a fun house, be the fun one for your kiddos and their friends.

  • At minimum, keep tweezers and hair-ties in your car, your bathroom and your purse at all times.

  • Never go to sleep in your makeup.

  • You won’t ever regret putting your phone down.

  • Be religious about applying sunscreen every morning and eye cream twice a day.

  • Don’t be afraid of getting a little Botox…and being honest about it!

  • Dress up at Halloween with your kids.

  • If you are going to lavish, be lavish with giving others grace, with vulnerability and with generosity.

  • Invest in a great hair-dryer and a clothes steamer. Both will save you lots of time and hassle!

  • If you feel tension in a relationship, be the first to address it. I am learning it’s often my own “stuff” in my own head, and once I talk about it, it diffuses the feeling of conflict immediately.

  • Be trustworthy with other peoples stories.

  • Be courageous with sharing your own story.

  • Take a risk everyday.

  • Know your worth in whatever career or business you are in, and don’t be afraid to name it and then walk away when the offer is too low.

  • Over-deliver to people’s expectations whenever you can.

  • Be realistic with how many items you put on your to-list each day, and give yourself grace when you don’t check all the boxes. There is no shame in grocery shopping via Instacart each week!


Cheers to another trip around the sun with a heart-full of gratitude for all of YOU!

Stylishly yours,

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